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Do Off-Farm Employment and Remittances Affect Food Consumption Patterns? Evidence from Albania

Ayuba Seidu, Gulcan Onel, Charles Moss and James Seale ()

Eastern European Economics, 2019, vol. 57, issue 2, 130-152

Abstract: This study is the first to analyze the combined effects of off-farm incomes from a variety of sources—local wage employment, local self-employment, and migrant remittances—on detailed food consumption patterns. A food demand model that incorporates incomes from different sources and household demographics is developed to fit rural Albanian household data. Findings indicate that increases in off-farm wage income increases food consumed at-home and away-from-home. Cereal-based staples consumed at home increase with increased off-farm wage income and decrease with increased remittances. Food consumption patterns are not affected by self-employment income. Findings have implications for improving dietary conditions in rural households.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/00128775.2018.1551063

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